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CoW Protocol MEV-Capturing AMM

The AMM protects liquidity providers against losses from exploitations by arbitrageurs

Quick Take

  • CoW Protocol MEV-capturing AMM.

  • Starknet STRK airdrop criteria.

  • Conduit permissionless rollup deployments.

  • AltLayer supports zkSync’s ZK Stack.

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CoW Protocol MEV-Capturing AMM

CoW Protocol introduced its MEV-Capturing AMM, designed to protect liquidity providers from losses due to exploitations by arbitrageurs. According to CoW Protocol, most liquidity pools suffer losses. LVR is the largest source of MEV, even bigger than frontrunning and sandwich attacks combined. LP lose upwards of 7% on their liquidity. The new AMM, dubbed the CoW AMM, uses batch auctions to auction the right to rebalance the pool at the correct market price, with the amount paid by the winning solver being distributed to the pool's liquidity providers. It ensures that the total value of a pool’s reserves remains balanced. The new AMM model is optimal for pools that trade between non-stable token pairs.

Starknet Announces STRK Airdrop Criteria

Starknet, the permissionless ZK-Rollup by Starkware, formally announced the criteria for its STRK token airdrop. STRK is network’s native token for governance, staking, and gas fee payments. 1.3 million wallet addresses have been deemed eligle to receive a share of the 700 million STRK tokens allocated for the initial distribution. Nearly half of the eligible users are Starknet users. Additional qualified users include StarkEx users, Ethereum developers, Protocol Guild members, and solo stakers. The snapshot for the airdrop was taken on November 15th, 2023. Currently, users can verify their eligiblility on, with the token claim starting on February 20th.

Conduit Permissionless Rollup Deployments

Conduit, a rollup-as-a-service infrastructure provider, announced the permissionless launch of its rollup deployment platform. Anyone can now deploy a custom OP Stack or Arbitrum Orbit chain on mainnet. Conduit allows users to select from mulriple rollup framework, settlement layer, and data availability options. The service equips rollups with a suite of features, including dedicated testnets, a block explorer, scalable RPCs, a dashboard for metrics, and tools for tracing transactions. Launching a rollup on mainnet involves initial deployment costs of approximately 3 ETH and a basic monthly service charge starting at $3,000. Rollups also receive a portion of the sequencer fees from their chain.

AltLayer Supports zkSync’s ZK Stack

Rollup-as-a-service provider AltLayer integrated support for zkSync’s ZK Stack, allowing anyone to deploy a custom ZK-powered L2 and L3 hyperchain. The ZK Stack features native account abstraction, data compression, EVM compatibility, and hyperscalability through shared provers and fractal scaling. AltLayer already supports OP Stack and Arbitrum Orbit tech stacks.

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